Thursday, July 24, 2003 - 12:58 PM UTC
On July 21st, Graphsim Entertainment announced the North American release of F/A-18 Operation Iraqi Freedom. A new Windows® PC flight simulation game, you are flying missions based on the recent war in Iraq.

F/A-18 OIF puts players inside the cockpit of the Navy/Marine strike fighter flying over the hostile Iraqi desert during the recent Gulf war. Utilizing satellite-based imagery to depict the Iraqi landscape F/A-18 OIF features numerous missions to known hotspots like Baghdad, Nasiriyah, Basrah and Umm Qasr. “In one mission you strike a tank column of the Republican Guard’s Medina Division just outside of Karbala,” said Trey Smith, technology director for Graphsim Entertainment. “Unlike the real conflict, however, in F/A-18 OIF enemy fighter pilots take to the skies, providing formidable opposition and some intense air-to-air combat.” F/A-18 Operation Iraqi Freedom is available on PC CD-ROM for the suggested retail price of $29.95.
About F/A-18 Operation Iraqi Freedom

Developed by Graphsim Entertainment, F/A-18 Operation Iraqi Freedom depicts over 150,000 square miles of photo-realistic terrain around Iraq and the Persian Gulf. Players pilot a realistic simulation of an F/A-18 Hornet, the most prolific carrier-based strike fighter aircraft used by the U.S. military. Many of the numerous missions require the player to strike targets deep within Iraq, evading anti-aircraft fire and surface-to-air missiles. Most of the missions require realistic carrier operations including carrier launch and landing using the Meatball and Instrument Landing System. A Landing Signal Officer gives the player voice progress reports and instructions during the carrier landing. Players can also create their own missions with the mission editor. These missions may include coalition and enemy fighter aircraft of many types as well as bombers, helicopters, tanks, trucks, SAM missile systems and others. Also, players can team up with their friends in multi-player missions via the internet or LAN.

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